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  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23208)
    Performance
    (14540)
    Story
    (14692)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "So much more than the movie"
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    Like a lot of books which have been made into movies, there is so much missing in the movie. The book is a wonderful tale for young and old. The story of Ender's growth into his destiny and his disillusionment with his responsibilities of his destiny a captured in this classic.

    While, I read the book before I listened to the audio version, I really love the characters as they are presented.

    There are a lot of deeper issues in they book than the surface story. They are presented subtly and leave you thinking as the story progresses. I think this is what the author intended and while this book will be a classic of modern literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tournament

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Lucy Gaskell
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    The year is 1546. Europe lives in fear of the powerful Islamic empire to the East. Under its charismatic Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent, it is an empire on the rise. It has defeated Christian fleets. It has conquered Christian cities. Then the Sultan sends out an invitation to every king in Europe: send forth your champion to compete in a tournament unlike any other. We follow the English delegation, selected by King Henry VIII himself, to the glittering city of Constantinople, where the most amazing tournament ever staged will take place.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "Brilliant historical fiction"
    "History and Action, a winner"
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    This is a surprising offering from Matthew Reilly, when you look at his previous books, which can be best described as "Die Hard" in book, this is a big change of pace where the focus in more on the intrigue rather than the action. Its a nice change, and one that Matthew achieves with ease.

    Another significant change for Matthew Reilly fans is the absence of Sean Mangan doing the narration. However, with this book, Lucy Gaskell, is probably a better choice to tell the story of a young Queen Bess.

    The story keeps you on your seat to the end and while based on a simple plot, combined with historic references it provides a wonderful journey of discovery.

    I strongly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Division

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (828)

    The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

    linda says: "A Middling Position"
    "WARNING: This is not the first book in the series."
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    I have to say, I really like this book, but thought it a bit scarce in detail at the start.Its only when started looking for more books by John Scalzi, that I found out this was not the first book in the series. I have since tracked down the others and it fills the gaps.

    The story is classic Science Fiction, which not only looks at issues in the future, but also tries to provide explanation of the technology advances that are highlighted in the book. So its not only a book.

    The story seems a bit disjoined, skipping from one scenario to another but it ties together in the end to realise a comprehensive outcome.

    Its well worth the read but try to track down the earlier books, and you will enjoy it more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Beautiful Friendship: Star Kingdom, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1191)
    Performance
    (1053)
    Story
    (1057)

    Stephanie Harrington had always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld of Meyerdahl until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore. It should have been the perfect new home - a virgin wilderness full of new species of every sort, just waiting to be discovered. But Sphinx is a far more dangerous place than ultra-civilized Meyerdahl, and Stephanie's explorations come to a sudden halt when her parents lay down the law: no trips into the bush without adult supervision!

    brendanstallard says: "Wow, Weber hits the target."
    "A surprising delivery from a great author"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an interesting book, unlike other offerings from David Weber, in that I don't think it was aimed at his usual audience. It appears as if he is trying to attract a young teen readership. I think he succeed. Its a book that I willing put on for young people for long trips.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    To describe a favourite scene would give away the book. I think that the book has too many favourite scenes to single one out.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the relationship between the main characters is the key behind the book, and any scene where they are learning about each other are brilliant.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Column

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (251)

    The totalitarian East has triumphed in a massive invasion, and the United States has fallen to a dictatorial superpower bent on total domination. That power is consolidating its grip through concentration camps, police state tactics, and a total monopoly upon the very thoughts of the conquered populace. A tiny enclave of scientists and soldiers survives, unbeknownst to America’s new rulers. It’s six against six million - but those six happen to include a scientific genius, a master of subterfuge and disguise who learned his trade as a lawyer-turned-hobo, and a tough-minded commander....

    J says: "Childhood favorite"
    "An old but great book."
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    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    Tom, has a voice which is suites a 40s detective story. His voice is abrupt but with lots of charactor. For this book, it reminds you how long ago the book as been written and adds character to the performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Hienline can be somewhat prophetic in his story lines. This book is not different, with the tools being technology, deceiption and religion. I strongly recommend it to anyone who likes a good science fiction yarn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying: Jack Reacher 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Johnathan McClain
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere. A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. He offers her a steadying arm. And turns to see a handgun aimed at his stomach. Chained in a dark van racing across America, Reacher doesn't know why they've been kidnapped. The woman claims to be FBI. She's certainly tough enough. But at their remote destination, will raw courage be enough to overcome the hopeless odds?

    kathryn says: "stupedously silly enjoyment"
    "Good to kill the miles"
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    Would you listen to Die Trying again? Why?

    The story is not the best from this author, but the plot does keep moving and I like that sort of story for long trips.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Die Trying?

    The most memorable part of the story is the trip following the kidnaping. It builds suspences and forms a solid foundation for the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    THe plot is fast moving and has a little bit of substane. The plot has also aged well as the book as not a recent release. While not timeless, it will be relivant for a number or years to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assignment in Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (165)

    Robert A. Heinlein is widely and justly regarded as the greatest practitioner of the art of science fiction who has ever lived. Here are two of his greatest short novels: Gulf, in which the greatest super-spy of them all is revealed as the leader of a league of supermen and women who can’t quite decide what to do with the rest of us. And Lost Legacy, in which it is proved that we are all members of that league - or would be, if we but had eyes to see.

    Trip Williams says: "You'll like it because you can think..."
    "A series of short stories to make you think"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved tho book, but then I love all Heinlein's work. He has a great style and the issues he addressed in the past still remain.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its hard to come up with a favourite character as there are so many.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO, but this book is a series of short stories and I didn't want to get up to leave until each story was completed.


    Any additional comments?

    Its surprising that a book written so long ago has so many themes that are relevant in current society.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Technomancer: Unspeakable Things, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (361)

    When Quentin Draith wakes up in a private sanatorium, he has no memory of who he is or how he received the injuries riddling his body. All he knows is that he has to get out, away from the drugs being pumped into him and back to the real world to search for answers. His first question: How did his friend Tony’s internal organs fill with sand, killing him in a Las Vegas car crash? After a narrow escape, he tracks down the basic facts: He is an investigator and blogger specializing in the supernatural - which is a good thing, because Quentin’s life is getting stranger by the minute.

    Cliff says: "Good noir sci-fi/ fantasy series with a warning"
    "An interesting read for SF/Fantasy Fans"
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    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Christopher's reading added a 40s PI story flavour to the story. This really added to the plot and capitalised on Larson's style of writing.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Story but it didn't hold me enough to go and get the next book in the series straight away as the plot closed of most of the leads that held me and only minor plot issues remain that didn't compel me to buy the next book straight away. But I will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he's ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he's asked his friend Atticus O'Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare. One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus's home base of Tempe, Arizona.

    K says: "Great Book"
    "Great Book"
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    If you could sum up Hammered in three words, what would they be?

    Cute
    Complex
    Enjoyable


    What did you like best about this story?

    Oberon.


    What about Christopher Ragland’s performance did you like?

    It goes without saying the best part of Christophers performance is Oberon. If you haven't read any of the books you won't understand but you can feel this character as he reads it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I normally limit to hour stints. Although I suppose if you had good stamina, one sitting might be possible.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has a lot of monologging. While it read well in paperback, in audio it seems to drag on. This is really my only negative on the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (183)

    After being thrown out of the window of his luxury apartment, science-fiction writer Allen Carpentier wakes to find himself at the gates of Hell. Feeling he's landed in a great opportunity for a book, he attempts to follow Dante's road map. Determined to meet Satan himself, Carpentier treks through the nine circles of Hell, led by Benito Mussolini, and encounters countless mental and physical tortures.

    R. Reed says: "Dante done in the 70's"
    "Oh Heck! What a Story"
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    I was expecting a science fiction story. But I didn't quite get it. There was science and well... the fiction I'll leave that up to your judgement. The books outlines a journey through hell trying to apply logic to Dante's vision of hell. I learn science, I questioned beliefs. And I'm still non the wiser.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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